The University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase
diversity in scholarly publishing by providing year-long fellowships in the
acquisitions departments of four university presses — the University of
Washington Press, Duke University Press, MIT Press, and the University of
Georgia Press — with the support of the Association of American University
Presses and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Through this year-long, full time entry-level position, fellows will be
immersed in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press,
working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects
through the entire acquisitions process. Through this apprenticeship,
they will acquire deep and specialized knowledge of how editors identify
emerging areas of scholarship, work with authors to develop manuscripts,
manage the process of peer review and revision, present projects for
approval, and represent them through each stage of publication. Fellows
will also work with other press departments including marketing, design,
manuscript editorial, and production on behalf of specific book projects,
and may take on additional projects to gain a deeper understanding of these
Fellows will attend the Association of American University Presses annual
conferences at the beginning and end of their year-long program, where they
will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, meet with the
other fellows in their cohort, and network with staff from
university presses across North America. Fellows will be able to take
advantage of all of the professional development opportunities for junior
staff at the participating presses, including a series of monthly workshops
for this program.
Responsibilities include screening manuscript proposals; researching
competing books, potential course adoptions, areas of growth in emerging
fields, and potential expert peer reviewers; contacting peer reviewers and
tracking reviews; writing book descriptions; assisting with
contract requests, production cost estimates, and financial projections for
projects; guiding authors on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and
permissions; preparing materials for internal editorial approval and
launch meetings; representing their press and interacting with book buyers
and authors at academic conferences, and attending in-house acquisitions,
editorial review, press committee, transmittal, and launch meetings.
Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program Requirements
»» B.A. or B.S.
»» Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human
experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.
»» M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.
»» Evidence of superior academic achievement, either in fields relevant to
diversity or in fields that correlate to the major lists of the
»» Commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
»» Sustained personal engagement with low income communities and/or
communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a
demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such
engagement to the daily work of academic publishing
Fellows will be compensated with a salary and benefits package equivalent
to that of a full-time staff person in an entry-level acquisitions position
at each of the participating presses.
Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program Application Process
Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.,
or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals Program.
Applications will be considered in coordination with the four partner
presses on the grant. Please be sure to complete an application with the
university website for each press you’d like to consider your application.
Include a cover letter describing your interest in the program and
your qualifications and experience that meet the requirements outlined
above, along with a copy of your resume. If you’re
applying for the fellowship at more than one press, please use the same
University of Washington Press: go to http://hr.uw.edu/jobs/ and search for
job number 142498.
Duke University Press: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Car
MIT Press: go to http://careers.mit.edu/ and search for job number 14480.
University of Georgia Press: go to https://www.ugajobsearch.co
m/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and search for job number 20170324.
All four participating presses are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employers. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age,
protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. Applications will be
reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the participating
presses and the AAUP, and selected fellows notified by April 15, 2017, to
begin the year-long fellowship on June 1, 2017.